If you've been looking to meet up with a massive crew for Canada Day, your dreams are coming true. On Tuesday, June 30, the Government of Alberta announced that up to 200 people can gather for community outdoor events. But the increase in the gathering limit in Alberta does not apply to all outdoor events.
Previously, the outdoor gathering limit was set at 100 people. But as per the government's latest announcement, up to 200 people can gather at "community outdoor events, such as festivals, firework displays, rodeos and sporting events, and outdoor performances."
According to the government, the maximum number of people that can attend get-togethers like wedding ceremonies, funeral services, movie theatres, arts and culture performances, and "indoor spectator events" is still set at a maximum of 100.
Meanwhile, indoor social gatherings, like wedding receptions and house parties, can have as many as 50 people at once.
No matter what, social distancing rules still need to be followed. This means that people need to be at least two metres away from each other if they don't live together.
And if distancing can't be maintained, then people need to wear face masks or coverings.
"Any large gathering increases the risk of transmission. Evidence suggests that outdoor events have a lower risk of transmission, provided other public health guidance is followed," said the Government of Alberta.
Though gathering limits are in place for both outdoor and indoor events, the province has removed the cap on the number of people that can be at places of worship, restaurants, cafes, lounges, bars, casinos, and bingo halls.
The change in outdoor gathering limits comes just ahead of Canada Day. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer Of Health, wrote a tweet about community events.
No event, community or region of the province is immune from the virus. Simple acts like wearing a mask when out i… https://t.co/42YLKb1qYV— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@Dr. Deena Hinshaw) 1593461046.0
She said that not a single event, community area, or region is safe from COVID-19.
Basic actions such as washing one's hands, having a mask on "when out in public," and remaining at one's house when feeling sick are the best ways to keep yourself and others safe.
In another tweet, the top doctor said, "The risk of #COVID19AB spread is lower outdoors. While Alberta’s weather may not always cooperate, I suggest planning Canada Day/summer activities outside with 2m physical distancing."
The risk of #COVID19AB spread is lower outdoors. While Alberta’s weather may not always cooperate, I suggest planni… https://t.co/hZz9zJxEJ1— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@Dr. Deena Hinshaw) 1593466609.0
She added that if people don't have a yard to celebrate in or if it's too small, then they should get together at one of Alberta's many green spaces.